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Consecrating capitalism: The US prosperity gospel and neoliberalism (2019)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (in press). Consecrating capitalism: The US prosperity gospel and neoliberalism. Journal of Economic Issues,

Neoliberalism relies on optimism. Without faith in meritocracy – unwavering belief that rewards will eventually and justly come to those who work hard enough – support for the capitalist system and belief in neoliberalism would unravel. How that opt... Read More

Dirty science and murky law (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2018, December). Dirty science and murky law. Paper presented at Dirty Science and Murky Law

This invited research seminar at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia explores the 'murky science' of risk prediction in relation to familial abuse, and the 'dirty law' enabling the State's response to it.

Report of evidence submitted by The Social Justice Research Group, University of the West of England, Bristol to the Commons Select Committee Funding & Provision of Local Authorities’ Children’s Services Inquiry (2018)
Report
Devine, L., Parker, S., & Green, E. (2018). Report of evidence submitted by The Social Justice Research Group, University of the West of England, Bristol to the Commons Select Committee Funding & Provision of Local Authorities’ Children’s Services Inquiry

The Social Justice Research Group, University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) is undertaking a comprehensive programme of work in relation to Children’s Social Care (CSC) service provision, budget management and possibilities for new technologi... Read More

Absorpcja nadwyżki i marnotrawstwo w neoliberalnym kapitalizmie monopolistycznym (2018)
Book Chapter
Wrenn, M. (2018). Absorpcja nadwyżki i marnotrawstwo w neoliberalnym kapitalizmie monopolistycznym. In G. Konat, & P. Wielgosz (Eds.), Realny kapitalizm: Wokół teorii kapitału monopolistycznego, 147-174. Instytut Wydawniczy Książka i Prasa

W rozwiniętym kapitalizmie monopolistycznym centralnym problemem nie jest to, że rzadkie zasoby zderzają się z wrodzonymi, niezaspokojonymi potrzebami, lecz to, że obfitość produkcji zderza się z nasyconym rynkiem konsumpcyjnym i inwestycyjnym. Aby w... Read More

Heterodox economics and theories of interactive agency (2017)
Book Chapter
Wrenn, M. (2017). Heterodox economics and theories of interactive agency. In T. Jo, L. Chester, & C. D’Ippoliti (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Heterodox EconomicsRoutledge

Agency is power—the power to act and the power to choose, the power to imagine, and the power to understand, engage, and manipulate the surrounding biological and social environment. Mainstream economics defines agency in terms of methodological indi... Read More

Surplus absorption and waste in monopoly capitalism (2016)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2016). Surplus absorption and waste in monopoly capitalism. Monthly Review, 68(3),

The central problem in capitalism today is not one of scarce resources clashing against innate, insatiable wants. Rather, the modern problem of monopoly capitalism is one of abundance of production clashing against scarcity of consumers. In order to... Read More

Neoliberalism, Polanyi’s protective response, and Veblenian waste (2016)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2016). Neoliberalism, Polanyi’s protective response, and Veblenian waste. Journal of Economic Issues, 50(2), 594-602. https://doi.org/10.1080/00213624.2016.1179069

As capitalism unfolds, continual technological advance in combination with the relentless accumulation imperative serves to amplify material progress. The expanding economic sphere begins to pervade the everyday lives and thinking of the individual.... Read More

Immanent critique, enabling myths, and the neoliberal narrative (2015)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2016). Immanent critique, enabling myths, and the neoliberal narrative. Review of Radical Political Economics, 48(3), 452-466. https://doi.org/10.1177/0486613415605074

This research aims to untangle and critically assess the core enabling myths of neoliberalism. The first step is to outline in brief the method of immanent critique, how it works, as well as its advantages and possible limits. The next step is to u... Read More

Envy in neoliberalism: Revisiting Veblen’s invidious distinction and emulation (2015)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2015). Envy in neoliberalism: Revisiting Veblen’s invidious distinction and emulation. Journal of Economic Issues, 49(2), 503-510. https://doi.org/10.1080/00213624.2015.1042796

Cautionary tales admonishing against the evils of envy crowd religion and folklore across cultures. Pre-capitalist societies attempted to suppress envy; familial and community relations held the emotion of envy in check through social sanctions. Ca... Read More

Unveiling and deconstructing the enabling myths of neoliberalism through immanent critique (2014)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (in press). Unveiling and deconstructing the enabling myths of neoliberalism through immanent critique. Journal of Economic Issues, 48(2), 477-484. https://doi.org/10.2753/JEI0021-3624480222

In the deconstruction of the neoliberal narrative through immanent critique, we find that it is woven from enabling myths that not only support the neoliberal project, but are essential for its continued survival. This research aims to untangle and... Read More

Agency and neoliberalism (2014)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2015). Agency and neoliberalism. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 39(5), 1231-1243. https://doi.org/10.1093/cje/beu047

With the advance of neoliberalism over the last forty years, examination of the exercise of agency within the context of this latest stage of capitalism must be explored. The argument set forth is that agency within the specific institutional/struct... Read More

Identity, identity politics, and neoliberalism (2014)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2014). Identity, identity politics, and neoliberalism. Panoeconomicus, 61(4), 503-515. https://doi.org/10.2298/PAN1404503W

With the intensification of neoliberalism, it is useful to examine how some individuals might cope with the irrationality of the system. Neoliberalism cloaks the execution of the corporate agenda behind rhetorical manipulation that advocates for limi... Read More

Fear and institutions (2013)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2013). Fear and institutions. Journal of Economic Issues, 47(2), 383-390. https://doi.org/10.2753/JEI0021-3624470211

Fear is a primal instinct; it allowed the early humans, indeed all species to adapt, evolve, and survive. When humans moved into settled communities with more advanced means of production, the nature of fear – much like the nature of social relation... Read More

Agency, identity, and the great crisis: A veblenian perspective (2012)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2012). Agency, identity, and the great crisis: A veblenian perspective. Journal of Economic Issues, 46(2), https://doi.org/10.2753/JEI0021-3624460215

Within neoliberalism, an individual’s agency and identity are fundamentally different than at any other stage in human development. The argument set forth is that within neoliberalism, agency and identity are, respectively, falsified and fluid, which... Read More

The economic surplus as a fund for social change and post-neoliberal governance (2011)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2011). The economic surplus as a fund for social change and post-neoliberal governance. Forum for Social Economics, 40(1), 99-117. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12143-010-9071-8

The central problem in capitalism today is not one of scarce resources clashing against innate, insatiable wants. Rather, the modern problem of monopoly capitalism is one of abundance of production clashing against scarcity of consumers. Indeed, su... Read More

The inheritance of heterodox economic thought: An examination of history of economic thought textbooks (2009)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2009). The inheritance of heterodox economic thought: An examination of history of economic thought textbooks. Journal of Philosophical Economics, 2(2), 78-98

The inheritance of heterodox economics hinges upon the degree to which the next generation is exposed to the history of the discipline’s thought. The potential to include heterodox thought into the curriculum presents itself most easily through hist... Read More